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02 Aug Current Affairs Headlines

Important Days

Muslim Women Rights Day

After providing the decision on triple talaq the government of Mr PM Modi is commemorating July 31 as Muslim Women Rights Day, marking the first anniversary of the passage of the anti-triple talaq law in Parliament.

The law, formally called the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, was passed in last year after intense debates in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, with opposition parties stating it targeted the Muslim community even as the Centre asserted that it would help achieve gender justice for Muslim women.

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is commemorated on 31 July to honour Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. It is promoted by the 54-member Association of the International Ranger Federation(IRF).

National Mountain Climbing Day

National Mountain Climbing Day is celebrated on August 1 every year. The adventurous day was established in honour of Bobby Matthews and his friend Josh Madigan, who successfully climbed the 46 high peaks of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains.

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. World Breastfeeding Week first time was celebrated in 1992. The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”.


National Headlines

SIDBI & TransUnion CIBIL launches portal “MSMESaksham”

The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has launched a knowledge portal called “MSMESaksham” in fellowship with TransUnion CIBIL. The platform has been launched for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

MSMESaksham is a complete financial education and knowledge platform for MSMEs and will support them in managing their credit commitments. MSMESaksham will provide MSMEs quick access to economics and empower them by making them financially knowledgeable and loan-ready so that timely and affordable financial help is realised.

Odisha CM Launches Online Portal To Issue Fire Safety Certificates

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Odisha Agni-Shama Seva online portal for issuance of fire safety certificates to different categories of buildings through online mode.

As many as eight services would be available to the public through online mode. He asked the Fire Service Department to include all other services by October 2 this year. This will enhance efficiency, improve transparency and help provide timely services without actual human interaction.

Fire service is a priority area of the Government under 5T Initiatives that aim at bringing transformation in governance through parameters of technology, teamwork, transparency and time.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

Madhya Pradesh to begin ‘Ek Mask-Anek Zindagi’ public awareness campaign

A public awareness campaign called ‘Ek Mask-Anek Zindagi’ means one mask-many life will be conducted till August 15 in many districts of Madhya Pradesh.

During this campaign, people will be informed about measures to prevent COVID-19 infection. The Municipal Corporation will also run a public awareness chariot in the city on the same theme. Khandwa Municipal Commissioner Himanshu Bhatt stated that masks are the simplest and most effective means to prevent Corona infection.

The Mask Bank will also be established under the Ek Mask-Anek Zindgi Campaign. In this mask bank, masks will be collected from donors and distributed free of cost to the poor people.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Governor :Anandiben Patel(Additional Charge)
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Capital: Bhopal

International News

NASA & ULA launched Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has launched “Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission” with United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket to the Red Planet “Mars”. The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission was launched from Space Launch Complex 41, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program which is a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The ULA Atlas V’s Centaur upper stage will initially place the Mars 2020 spacecraft into a parking orbit around Earth. NASA has launched the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back to Earth.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • The administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Jim Bridenstine.
  • Headquarters of NASA: Washington D.C., United States.

Hamed Bakayoko named as Prime Minister of Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s Defence Minister, Hamed Bakayoko has been named as the Prime Minister of the country. Bakayoko was presently serving as the as interim PM of the country since the sudden death of former Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly. Bakayoko was a founding member of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR) party and was also in charge of the party’s daily newspaper, Le Patriote.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara; Capital: Yamoussoukro.

Appointments Headlines

Tech major HP appoints Ketan Patel as Greater India Managing Director

Tech major HP has appointed Ketan Patel as the managing director of its Greater India operations. In this role, he will be responsible for the company’s business in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He replaces Vinay Awasthi who is moving to a new role as head of Print Operations for Supply Chain.

SN Rajeswari appointed chairman of Oriental Insurance

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of SN Rajeswari as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL) on July 30.

Currently, she is serving as General Manager and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the New India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL).

Rajeswari is a Commerce (B Com) graduate from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). She had joined United India Insurance in 1983 as a direct recruit officer and was subsequently transferred to New India Assurance where she was a chief financial officer.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Wrestler Babita Phogat, kabaddi player Kavita are Haryana sports deputy directors

Haryana government has decided to appoint Olympian wrestler Babita Phogat and kabaddi player Kumari Kavita Devi as deputy directors (sports) under the outstanding sports person category.

Kavita, who hails from Padana village of Jind district, was a part of the Indian women kabaddi team that won gold in the 2014 Asian Games. The achievements of Olympian wrestler Babita’s family, based at Balali village of Charkhi Dadri district, had inspired Bollywood film ‘Dangal’.

According to the July 29 appointment letters principal secretary (sports and youth affairs) has issued to Babita and Kavita, the chief secretary had cleared their appointment on July 28.


Banking & Finance

Canara Bank ties up with three insurers to provide Corona Kavach policies

Canara Bank has tied-up with three insurance companies to sell short-term Corona Kavach policy to cover COVID-19 related health expenses. The bank has tied up with New India Assurance Company Ltd, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co Ltd and HDFC ERGO Health Insurance.

The bank in association with the tied-up insurance companies has launched the Corona Kavach Policies at a very competitive premium structure, starting with as low as 300. Among the key features of the policy are – purchase on individual and family floater basis, minimum sum insured of50,000 to a maximum ofRs.5 lakh.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • CEO: Lingam Venkat Prabhakar

Kotak Mahindra Bank launches a two-month campaign with offers, discounts

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched a special two-month campaign “Kona Kona Umeed” with offers and discounts across its suite of products, including for loans, savings accounts, current accounts, corporate salary accounts as well as important deals on Kotak debit cards, credit cards and digital payments.

Kotak has tied up with over 100 brands to provide exclusive deals to its customers in categories such as shopping, essentials, personal care, education, fitness, health and wellness, kids and parenting, entertainment, cyber care and security, among others.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Managing Director(MD) and Chief executive officer(CEO)– Uday Kotak
  • Tagline– Let’s make money simple

Awards & Rewards

Ministry of Tribal Affairs receives SKOCH Gold Award

SKOCH Gold Award has been awarded to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) for its “Empowerment of Tribals through IT-enabled Scholarship Schemes” project.

The project was launched to show Government of India’s commitment to realize the dreams of Digital India and bringing transparency as well as ease in the delivery of services.

The 66th SKOCH 2020 Competition was held with the name “INDIA RESPONDS TO COVID THROUGH DIGITAL GOVERNANCE”. The Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) participated in the DIGITAL INDIA & E-GOVERNANCE-2020 Competition.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister for Tribal Affairs: Arjun Munda.

Summits & Conferences

Russia chaired 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meetin

The 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meeting was held under the presidency of Russia. The Environment Ministers of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa participated in the meeting held via the video conference.

India will host the next meeting in 2021. Union Environment Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar represented India in the BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meet.

During the meet, the minister highlighted the efforts made by India in controlling Air pollution such as the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) which was launched in 2019.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of Russia: Vladimir Putin.
  • Capital of Russia: Moscow; Currency: Russian Ruble.

Obituaries

Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui passes away

Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui passed away. He served as president of Taiwan from 1988 to 2000. He was also considered as the “father of Taiwan’s democracy”.

Lee Teng-hui became president in 1988 after the demise of the predecessor, Chiang Ching-Kuo. Lee also led constitutional changes towards a democratic political layout, including direct presidential elections.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of Taiwan: Tsai Ing-wen.

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